I find this whole Donald thing interesting:
The Labor party's plan is to have Ballarat to Dunolly as Dual Gauge. Labor have not yet made any promises regarding extending Maryborough trains to Dunolly, just that they are leaving the dual gauge capacity there in case it is needed in the future.
The Liberal/ National Coalition's plan is to reintroduce trains to Donald. So far that is all they have said on the matter.
There are no current public plans to re-introduce passenger trains beyond Ararat (Overland aside)
There are no current public plans to convert Ballarat to Ararat to Standard Gauge.
So how is a passenger train going to reach Donald?
Will they extend the Dual gauge to Donald and just extend the Maryborough trains to Donald?
Will they introduce a standard gauge train to run between Ballarat and Donald? This would be the only SG V/Line train in the region, and would make the Dual Gauge North of Ballarat redundant.
Or will they do what everyone on this forum would suggest and convert the Ballarat to Ararat line to SG and run 2 SG trains out of Ballarat, one to Horsham via Ararat and the other to Donald via Maryborough?
Will they commision a study that will just come back and say it isn't viable.
The cynic in me goes with that last one.